OA Lions Under 9s win the Ipswich Festival

OAs stay unbeaten to lift the Cup

OA Under 9s were delighted to receive an invite from Ipswich RFC to join their annual mini festival on Sunday.  Having had success at County Level the Lions were keen to see how they would fare against teams from Suffolk and Essex.

OA Lions - Ipswich Festival Champions

OA Lions – Ipswich Festival Champions

Our boys revelled in the fine weather and thoroughly enjoyed their matches and put on an excellent display of free flowing rugby. Despite some of the score lines, the matches were very competitive with the opposition often having a few players significantly larger than our boys. There were many crunching tackles both by our boys and also on our boys but all the kids lived to tell the tale!

In the pool games we played against Bury St. Edmunds first followed by Woodbridge, Colchester and finally Sudbury. All the games were played in a thoroughly sporting and friendly yet competitive manner. As pool winners we progressed to meet Hadleigh in the final. Once again the boys played some lovely rugby to win by a few tries.

The Festival was very well organised and the warm hospitality shown by our hosts and the other clubs, none of whom we’d played before, was very much appreciated. In addition the pitches were the largest we’ve played on all year (and most importantly the kids said the burgers were the best all year also!).

It was a fantastic day in every way and hopefully we will be able to return next year.